The Meeting Innovation Company
We make it easy for teams to run successful meetings every day.
The Problem We Solve
Everyone meets, and at some level, everyone struggles to meet well. In the past, most businesses could get away with leaving leaders to figure out their meetings on their own.
Not anymore. Today's knowledge-based economy thrives on rapid information flow, agility, and change. Interdependent teams tackling increasingly complex work must meet well to keep up. Otherwise, teams suffer too much time wasted in unproductive meetings, preventing them from achieving their goals.
Research shows that the way an organization meets impacts:
- Employee engagement and retention
- Decision making quality and velocity
- Top line business performance
You don't need research to tell you that, of course, because if you've been in a bad meeting, you know.
Great meetings propel performance. Bad meetings drag performance down. We work to solve the problem of the chronically bad meetings that prevent organizations from achieving their best.
Unlike the many facilitators and coaches we work with, our focus is not on how to design and run one productive meeting. Instead, we focus on the underlying systems that make successful meetings a regular part of your organization's culture.
That's why organizations that want successful meetings every day, not just on special occasions, turn to us. Over the past 10 years, we've worked with thousands of organizations to make it easier for them to run successful meetings.
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Lucid Meetings and Meeting School are properties of Second Rise, LLC. We're a remote-first, majority woman-owned company with headquarters in Portland, OR and team members around the world.
J. Elise Keith is the co-founder and CEO of Lucid Meetings, where she leads the research, publication, and product management efforts, constantly seeking the best ways to make it easy for people to enjoy meetings that get work done. Leaders call her work “a treasure trove of valuable info and guidance” and “a game-changer for our organization.”
Elise Keith’s highly praised book, Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization has been described as “golden. It’s deep, well-researched, and a joy to read,” and “Of all of the books I’ve read on meetings, this is the best by far.”
Elise writes the Ask the Meeting Maven column on Inc.com, and is regular contributor and expert commentator on all things business meetings (as seen in BBC News, Harvard Business School, SHRM Magazine, Industry Week, and Forbes.)
Elise is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at corporations, industry events, and universities, where she shares her meeting expertise in presentations and workshops that audiences say are “inspiring,” “full of practical methods we can apply,” and “fill in all the gaps I didn’t even know I had!”
Elise currently lives in Portland, OR with her husband and business partner, John, three children, and a rotating cast of extras. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, action movies, travel, and listening to people tell stories about their meetings. Seriously.
John Keith is the founder and president of Lucid Meetings, where he oversees operations, technology, business development, and a million other details. If you find a delightfully correct and well-executed solution on the Lucid Meetings properties that works just right, you can be sure that John's helped to make that go.
Lucid is the third business John started after deciding that executive life in big tech was not for him. The first, Kavi, provided collaboration technology and services to international standards organizations before it was successfully acquired. The second, Cloud Four, continues to lead the industry in mobile and responsive web innovation. John's extensive experience as a collaborative business leader in the online technology space makes him a sought after mentor and board member for many technology companies across Oregon.
As part of a husband-wife business leadership team at Lucid (while also juggling the kids and dog and full-catastrophe mayhem), John wishes he had more free time because then he'd play his guitar and take longer vacations.